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Tribeca Film Fest Announces Closing Night Film

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 20, 2014 at 12:01PM

Writer/director John Carney's "Begin Again," the movie formerly known as "Can A Song Save Your Life?," will close the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival this Spring in New York.
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'Begin Again'
'Begin Again'

Writer/director John Carney's "Begin Again," the movie formerly known as "Can A Song Save Your Life?," will close the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival this Spring in New York. It stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

Here's the synopsis:

 Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. 

Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.

Carney previously directed the smash hit "Once," which won a Sundance Audience Award in 2006 and an Oscar for Best Original Song the following year.

Our TIFF review of "Begin Again" is here. It closes Tribeca on April 26th at BMCC Tribeca PAC. The Weinstein Company has slated the film for a July 1 theatrical release stateside.

This article is related to: Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, The Weinstein Co., The Weinstein Company, Begin Again, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.